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Retainer Instructions



Retainer Instructions

Removable Retainer

   Wear your retainers every night.
   If you feel that the wire is loose or a pad of glue has become detached, please contact our office to set up an appointment to repair your fixed retainer.
   Clean retainers thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Brushing retainers removes plaque and eliminates odors.
   Initially, you may find it difficult to speak. Practice speaking, reading, or singing out loud to get used to them faster.
   Retainers are fragile, so treat them with care. If retainers are lost or broken, call us immediately.
   If you have any questions or concerns about your retainers, or your retainers need adjusting, call us. Do not try to adjust them yourself.
   Always bring your retainers to your appointments.
   With proper care, retainers should last for several years.
   Remove retainers when swimming.
   Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, and napkins.

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Fixed Retainer

   Fixed retainers are bonded directly to the inside of your teeth.
   Daily use of floss, waterpiks, and/or proxy “christmas tree” brushes will dislodge food debris from accumulating around the wires. Floss threaders or super floss can be used to guide the floss below the wire if needed.
   Thorough brushing around your retainer is necessary to keep plaque from accumulating around the wires.